Asia South Pacific

Starry-Eyed Bliss in Exotic Surroundings

written by | Posted on May 29th, 2012

Its sister resort, Karma Kandara, sits on a bluff over the Indian Ocean on Bali’s southernmost tip. Here, stone walkways and paths meander through lush tropical gardens that lead to 46 luxury villas. Its laid-back atmosphere belies its upscale style. Honeymooners feel a deep sense of privacy while admiring the exhilarating 180-degree views from their rooms. The residence complex was built from native grasses and exotic woods, and most suites have private infinity pools and garden courtyards. The spa specializes in Javanese treatments and there are special honeymoon-themed events like moonlit beach parties and seaside gourmet dinners. Rates are from about $1,120 per night for a luxury pool villa to approximately $6,000 for a cliffside residence.

Contact: karmaresorts.com

thailand

Thailand shines as a honeymoon destination because it offers adventurous romance spiced with a taste of one of the world’s most distinctive cultures. Newlyweds can ride elephants through pristine rainforests, engage in quality time while basking in the sun on endless white sand beaches and spend their first days of marriage amidst cultural wonders. And in this “Land of Smiles,” as the country is affectionately called, established resorts are focusing on attracting newlyweds with amenities specially designed for honeymooners.

The Pimalai Resort & Spa sits on an island off Thailand’s southwest coast, Koh Lanta, where couples enjoy blindingly white beaches and warm blue waters. This is a tranquil spot far from crowds and ideal for jump-starting romance. It’s unspoiled and pristine, as befits its name: “Place of Purity.” Its 3-night honeymoon package (from $3,000 dbl) features two candlelit dinners, a sunset cruise with canapes and cocktails, a beachside Thai barbecue and traditional Thai massages at its superb spa. In addition, couples may opt for a sentimental Buddhist blessing on the beach at sunset to commemorate their marriage.

Contact: pimalai.com

On Phuket, Sri Panwa sits on the cape of the same name known for its spectacular views of the sea. This is a luxurious property where honeymooners can opt for a 2-night package (from approximately $1,500) that includes airport transfers, spa treatments, and a candlelit dinner.

Contact: sripanwa.com

bora bora

This is one of the premier South Pacific destinations. It has come to symbolize romance since Christian Fletcher fell for the lovely Tahitian noblewoman, sparked the famous mutiny and put the area on the map as a spot where romance blooms like plumeria blossoms. Couples looking for an exquisite honeymoon can spend days in heavenly, secluded surroundings conducive to bliss.

And the St. Regis Bora Bora is one of the premier spots of the fabled lagoon that has fascinated visitors to French Polynesia since early explorers first set foot on the island.

The property sits in unspoiled surroundings on Motu Ome’e, off the main island of Bora Bora, facing the legendary beautiful waters for which the region is famous. With views of Mount Otemanu and the fabled and pristine beaches of the area, the St. Regis is a magical place for honeymooners.

Here, the overwater villas, which offer the ultimate in seclusion, boast a terrace with outdoor shower, gazebo dining area, and deck chairs, not to mention captivating views of powdery white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Indoors, a living room and separate bedroom combine enchanting Polynesian details and are furnished with the latest amenities, including a Bose Sound System and WiFi.

Rates begin at about $1,000 per night, a reasonable investment for memories that will last a lifetime. The property is five-star luxury personified.

Contact: (877) 787-3447; starwoodhotels.com/stregis/borabora